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35,000 steelhead trout rescued from rapidly drying Carmel River

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“Due to drier than normal conditions, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District initiated its annual Steelhead Rescue Program in the Carmel River in April, several months early. As of July 1, the program has rescued and relocated 35,000 of the endangered trout and will continue its efforts through the season as the Carmel River has dried back from the ocean almost 6 miles, from the lagoon to Schulte Road Bridge. “The efforts or our Steelhead Rescue Team have been incredible,” said district manager Dave Stoldt. “Often working seven days a week, the current rescue tally has only been exceeded four times in the past 25 years.” Over the next few months, district staff will continue the program in the lower Carmel River, moving up stream as far as necessary. The majority of the captured fish are very small and the rescued steelhead are transported to the district’s Sleepy Hollow Steelhead Rearing Facility in Carmel Valley, where they will be raised until river flows reach adequate levels for their release in the fall or winter.”

Read more: The Californian

Fish, Frogs, and People to Benefit from Biggest Dam-Removal Project in California History

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“Over the next 28 months, the beautiful Carmel River will be set free to flow more naturally for 70 percent of its length as the 106-foot (32.3 meter) San Clemente Dam is dismantled.

Downstream of the dam, threatened fish and frogs will get a new lease on life as critical habitats open up. And some 1,500 households will enjoy greater safety as the dam’s risk of failure during a major earthquake or flood event disappears.

Built in 1921 to store drinking water for the burgeoning population of Monterey County, the San Clemente Dam is a concrete arch structure located 18.5 miles (29.8 kilometers) upstream from the Pacific Ocean.

While built for a good cause, the dam’s reservoir has lost 95 percent of its original water storage capacity due to the build-up of silt and sediment carried in by the Carmel River.  Historically, the river carried that sediment load downstream, keeping its channel functioning well and replenishing coastal beaches.  But the dam trapped the sediment in the reservoir, causing it to fill – a common problem with dams worldwide.

The Monterey Peninsula now relies primarily on groundwater for its drinking water supply.

Meanwhile, the dam became a safety hazard as its risk of failure increased.  After the state of California’s division on dam safety declared San Clemente “seismically unsafe,” California American Water, the public utility that owns the dam, assessed its options for reducing the dam’s threats.  Taking into account cost, environmental benefits and other factors, the idea of tearing the dam down rose to the top of the list.”

Read more: National Geographic


Monterey Peninsula Mayors Ask for Action in Desal Dispute

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“Mayors from Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, and Seaside said they’re worried about the Monterey Peninsula’s economic vitality if plans for a controversial desal plant are canceled.

The peninsula needs the plant because the State said the cities must cut how much water they take from the Carmel river.

Carmel by the Sea Mayor Sue McCloud said the average person uses 70 gallons a day.

But if a new water source isn’t found by 2016, a lot of you will be left high and dry.

That’s bad news for hotels and restaurants relying on tourists.

If there’s not enough water for them, visitors will go somewhere else, costing the Central Coast millions of dollars a year.

“We’re doing everything we can, by this letter, and urging the county board of supervisors to take the action necessary to resolve it. But, everything is a set back and it just sets the whole calendar back,” said McCloud.

McCloud said the mayors sent the letter because they believe too many people are focused on a possible conflict of interest over who will manage the desal plant, instead of why the plant is needed.”

Read more: Central Coast News


Monterey County approves desal plant; Peninsula water rates could double

“MCWRA board member Steve Collins said rates for a family of four on the Monterey Peninsula would double to about $80 monthly. “It’s significant,” he said, “but I’m paying that now in Salinas. A family of four in Alisal is already paying nearly $80.”

“California American Water must comply with a November order by the state Water Resources Control Board to reduce Carmel River pumping from about 11,000 acre feet per year to no more than 3,336 by 2016. It’s a drop of about 70 percent that the desalination project is meant to compensate for.”

read more: The Calif0rnian